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Secretary of State for Defence

Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Mr Hammond was raised in Essex, attending school in Brentwood before going on to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at University College, Oxford. Prior to his election to the House in 1997, he followed a business career in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, consultancy, property and construction, and oil and gas, both in the UK and abroad.

Mr Hammond's previous position was Secretary of State for Transport. Prior to this he held a number of shadow portfolios.

His constituency is Runnymede and Weybridge and he is married with three children.


Strategic direction on:

  • Operations
  • Personnel
  • The Strategic Defence and Security Review
  • Defence planning, programme and resource allocation
  • Defence policy
  • International Relations
  • Nuclear programme
  • Acquisition
  • Parliamentary business and communications

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